The public radio program “The Poet and the Poem” has launched for this year. A full schedule is below. If you’d like to listen, my interview will be broadcast on January 30. The shows are featured on Pacifica stations nationwide. Or just CLICK HERE!
THE POET AND THE POEM, 2013
Program #1: Mississippi Born Natasha Trethewey, U.S. Poet Laureate JAN 9
Natasha Trethewey is the Library of Congress’s Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2012-2013. Born in Gulfport, Mississippi, Trethewey received a BA from the University of Georgia, an MA from Hollins College (now Hollins University), and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts. Her first book of poems, Domestic Work (2000), was selected by former Poet Laureate Rita Dove as winner of the inaugural 1999 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and was published by Graywolf Press. Her subsequent poetry collections include Bellocq’s Ophelia (Graywolf Press, 2002), Native Guard (Houghton Mifflin, 2006), and Thrall (Houghton Mifflin, 2012). In 2010, Trethewey published Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (University of Georgia Press), a memoir that details the struggles of her family living in Mississippi in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Her honors include the Pulitzer Prize and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2012, she was appointed the State Poet Laureate of Mississippi.
Program #2: Washington D.C.’s Poet Alan King JAN 16
Alan King is an author, poet, and journalist who lives in the D.C. metropolitan area. He writes about art and domestic issues on his blog at http://alanwking.com. In addition to teaching at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, he’s also the senior program director at the D.C. Creative Writing Workshop, a Cave Canem fellow, and VONA alumnus. Alan is currently a Stonecoast MFA candidate, and has been nominated twice for a Best of the Net selection. He is also a Pushcart Prize nominee. Drift (Aquarius Press, 2012) is his first book.
Program# 3: New Mexico Poet Sheila Black Jan 23
Sheila Black co- edited Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability (Cinco Puntos Press 2011), which was named a Notable Book for 2012 by the American Library Association. She is the author of House of Bone and Love/Iraq (both CW Press), and two chapbooks, How to be a Maquiladora (Main Street Rag) and Continental Drift with painter Michele Marcoux (Patriothall, Edinburgh UK (ALA). A third full-length collection, Wen Kroy, won the 2011 Orphic Prize in Poetry from Dream Horse Press and is forthcoming in Winter 2012. She was recently selected by Poet Laureate Philip Levine to receive a 2012 Witter Bynner Fellowship in Poetry. She lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico, with her husband Duncan Hayse and three children, Annabelle, Walker, and Eliza. She works as a Development Officer for the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Foundation.
Program# 4: Michigan Poet Robert Fanning Jan 30
Robert Fanning is the author of two full-length poetry collections, American Prophet (2009) and The Seed Thieves (2006), as well as a chapbook entitled Old Bright Wheel (2002). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, The Atlanta Review, and other journals, and have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. His writing awards include a Creative Artist Grant from ArtServe Michigan, the Inkwell Poetry Award, and the Foley Poetry Award, and he has been nominated several times for a Pushcart Prize. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Sarah Lawrence College, he is a professor of creative writing at Central Michigan University and lives in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, with his wife, sculptor Denise Whitebread Fanning, and their two children
Program #5: Maryland Poet Alan Britt (Feb. 6)
Alan Britt recently read poems at Manhattan’s Tribute World Trade Center, New Jersey City University’s Ten Year 9/11 Commemoration, and—as part of the We Are You Project—at the Wilmer Jennings Gallery in New York City’s East Village. His poem, “September 11, 2001,” appears in International Gallerie’s Poetry in Art/Art in Poetry issue (v. 13, no. 2, Dec. 2010). His most recent book is Alone with the Terrible Universe (CypressBooks, 2011). Recent anthologies that include his poems are Emergency Verse: Poetry in Defence of the Welfare State (Caparison, 2011); The Poet’s Cookbook: 33 American Poets with German Translations (Forest Woods Media Productions/Goethe-Institut, 2010); American Poets Against the War (Metropolitan Arts Press, 2009); and Vapor transatlántico (Transatlantic Steamer), a bilingual anthology of Latin American and North American poets published in 2008 by Hofstra University Press/Fondo de Cultura Económica/Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. Britt teaches English and Creative Writing at Towson University, Maryland.
Program # 6: Maryland Poet Karren Alenier (Feb 13)
Karren LaLonde Alenier is author of six collections of poetry, including Looking for Divine Transportation, winner of the 2002 Towson University Prize for Literature, and On a Bed of Gardenias: Jane and Paul Bowles, new from Kattywompus Press. Gertrude Stein Invents a Jump Early On,her jazz opera with composer William Banfield, premiered at New York City’s Symphony Space’s Thalia Theater in June 2005. Composer John Supko is collaborating with her on How Many Midnights, an opera love story about Jane and Paul Bowles. She writes for Scene4 Magazine at scene4.com.
Program # 7: New Hampshire Poet Baron Wormser (Feb 20)
Baron Wormser is the author/co-author of twelve full-length books and a poetry chapbook. His titles include The Road Washes Out in Spring: A Poet’s Memoir of Living Off the Grid; Scattered Chapters: New and Selected Poems; and a work of fiction entitled The Poetry Life: Ten Stories. In March 2011 his most recent book of poetry, Impenitent Notes, was published. He is a former poet laureate of Maine who teaches in the Fairfield University MFA Program and directs the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching. Wormser has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Program # 8: New York State Poet Louis Asekoff (Feb 27)
L. S. Asekoff has published four books of poetry: Dreams of a Work (1994) and North Star (1997) with Orchises Press, and The Gate of Horn (2010) and the verse novella Freedom Hill (2011) with TriQuarterly/Northwestern University Press. His poems have appeared in such magazines as The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, and Ninth Letter, and he has received awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fund for Poetry. He attended Bowdoin College, Trinity College (Dublin), and Brandeis University and taught for forty-two years at Brooklyn College where he was coordinator of the MFA Poetry Program and faculty associate of the Wolfe Institute for the Humanities. He lives in Clermont, New York, with his wife, the printmaker Mary Louise Kalin.
Program # 9: California Poet Brian DeShazor (March 6)
Brian DeShazor is a writer, artist, musician, and public broadcaster. He recently collaborated with editor Joanne Griffith on Redefining Black Power: Reflections On The State of Black America (City Lights Books, 2012.) His forthcoming book, The Queer Time Capsule, is an extension of his recent art installation of the same name, exhibited in the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, New York City, 2012. He lectures throughout the country on the history of public broadcasting and its role in the social and artistic movements of the 20thcentury, including African-American civil rights, the black power movement, the black arts movement, women’s issues, LGBTQ rights, and the anti-war movement. He is the producer and host of the program From the Vault on public radio, and Director of the Pacifica Radio Archives in Los Angeles.
Program # 10: Ireland’s Poet Eavan Boland (March 13)
Eavan Boland is the Director of the Creative Writing Department at Stanford University. One of Ireland’s best recognized women poets, Boland’s collections of poems include In Her Own Image (1980), Night Feed (1982), Outside History (1990), and In a Time of Violence (1994). She has also written a prose memoir, Object Lessons: The Life of the Woman and the Poet in Our Time (1995), Collected Poems (2008), plus articles and essays. She was raised in Dublin, New York, and London, and since the eighties, she’s been teaching in colleges in Ireland, and in America
Program # 11: Maryland’s Poet Lucille Clifton (March 20)
This is Lucille Clifton’s last interview. She died in 2010.
She was one of the past century’s most beloved and popular poets. The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton was published, posthumously (2012, Boa Editions.) She served as the poet laureate of the state of Maryland from 1979 to 1985. She is owner of Pulitzer Prize nominations for poetry in 1980, 1987, and 1991, the Lannan Literary Award for poetry in 1997, the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize in 1997, the Los Angeles Times Poetry Award in 1997, the Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest Award in 1999, and the National Book Award for Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems, 1988-2000 (2000). She was also a National Book Award nomination for The Terrible Stories (1996). Her last book is Voices, Boa Editions, 2008.She is remembered with honor.
Program # 12: ( March 27) a 58:00 Special FEATURING 4 Poets in celebration of Italy’s 2013 ANNO DELLA CULTURA ITALIANA in America; Emily Ferrara, Sabine Pascarelli, Rose Solari, Maria Mazziotti Gillan
Program # 13 + 14 (TBA) Witter Bynner Fellows chosen by Natasha Trethewey